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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 2006, 1:33 pm Thread Starter
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Paralever Links for 20$ - where's the problem?

I got fed up looking at the nice stainless aftermarket fastenings on my '97 KRS and seeing the paralever links bleed through rust, even after stripping and re-painting twice. The stock tie bars are pressed from 2mm mild steel to be stiff under compression, tension and torsion.

Off to Metal Supermarkets for 2 lengths of 40mm X 3mm stainless steel flat grade 316. 2 hours later, drilling a couple of 10mm dia holes, shaping the radii with an angle grinder and Inox disc then finally polishing with wet emery, I got the results in the photos. I used the original struts to get one template for the second new strut.

Yes, I know the replacements aren't press stiffened like the thinner oems, but this 316 stainless at 3mm thick and 40mm along the entire length of the tie is pretty stiff.

There's some lovely adjustable aftermarket struts around but sooo... expensive compared to $20. Why change the strut centres and risk screwing up the driveshaft joints?

Am I going to get any problems, I've never had any left or right pull (5" wheel) - just straight down the line, hands off the bars

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you should drill some holes in them to give them more streangth...and some eye candy polish with red polish stick on a bench type polish thought anyway....good job.....dont want them to twist might also want to weld a couple of struts between the to beams
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Thought about a close fit spacer half way down connecting the 2 halves, but didn't want more bolt heads sticking out, 'specially on the rear near the tire when those bearings go. This stainless is not like mild steel - it's real hard and tough.

Might put a BMW roundel on there or make up some flashy 'XYZ racing' go faster sticker to please the cosmetic brigade. Drilling holes lightens but weakens! Welding can weaken if not done properly and makes a mess for polishing, Don't want to put the price of the work up too much, gas is expensive for a KRS and more than 2 hours to make them is less riding time!

How'd you like my stainless boot clips? made those 2 - I like stainless steel.

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